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Scary Books for Your Halloween Reading List

by on October 28, 2013

It’s that time of year again, early dusk, chilly weather, spooky costumes, and  scary stories! Building on a recent Halloween-themed post on scary films, I’d like to get a discussion about scary books going.  I love sinking my teeth into a good, scary, suspenseful book.  I’m listing a few of my favorites and some I found on a scary books blog below.  However, I’d love to know what I am missing! Leave your recommendations in the comments.  Here are a few of my choices:

  • The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson – The familiar tale of Dr. Jekyll and his two selves, one good and one evil.
  • The Fall of the House of Usher and Other Tales by Edgar Allen Poe – A spooky collection of stories by the master of the macabre. My favorite is The Cask of Amontillado.
  • The Meaning of Night: A Confession by Michael Cox – This Victorian-style novel starts with a murder confession and details the narrators obsession with revenge.

Seeking more Halloween season reads, I found this list of the 50 Scariest Books of All Time.  It includes some interesting choices:

  • It by Stephen King – A story with an evil clown? My worst nightmare.
  • The Silence of the Lambs by Thomas Harris – The inspiration for the famous film of the same name, featuring Clarice Starling and Hannibal Lecter. Chianti anyone?
  • The Best of H.P. Lovecraft – Features a selection of the horror writer’s greatest and most blood-curdling stories.
  • The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood – Amazon.com’s description states: “In the world of the near future, who will control women’s bodies?”  Sounds frightening to me!

More creepy reads:

  • What Ever Happened to Baby Jane? by Henry Farrell – A terrifying psychological thriller.
  • The Halloween Tree by Ray Bradbury – Classic Bradbury, this eerie tale of a trick-or-treating expedition gone awry is perfect for Kids and Adults.
  • Not so scary, but in the spirit of the season, check out Vincent Price: A Daughter’s Biography by Victoria Price.

What else?  I look forward to reading your excellent and scary recommendations in the comments!








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